The Queen has missed the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London after spraining her back, Buckingham Palace revealed.
The Queen made the decision ‘with great regret’ on Sunday morning, as per an official statement. However, a wreath was laid on her behalf by the Prince of Wales. In the meantime, all other royals – including the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Royal – still attended as planned.
Recognising that the Queen has devoted her entire life to service – and that on Remembrance Sunday, she must pay tribute to those who served – a palace official stated that this came at ‘incredibly unfortunate timing’ but assured that it was the Queen’s ‘firm intention’ to attend.
News agency PA Media also reported that Her Majesty’s back sprain is unrelated to her doctor’s recent advice to rest until mid-November.
As per Buckingham Palace’s official statement: ‘The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph. Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service. The Queen will be continuing light duties at Windsor.’
The monarch, who lived through World War Two in her younger years, is the head of the armed forces. She has only missed six other Cenotaph ceremonies during her reign – on four occasions she was on overseas visits, and two when she was pregnant with her youngest children.